When it comes to borrowing money to buy a home, meet the cost of renovations or for any other purpose, there are a few steps that may help you increase your borrowing capacity and make your application more attractive to a lender.
We’ve compiled some useful tips that could boost your borrowing power and help you get the loan you’re after.
Reduce the amount you currently owe
In the eyes of a lender, an applicant who has an extensive amount of debt can pose a more serious risk to them. Before you make your loan application, work to reduce your outstanding loan balance(s) as much as possible to ensure that your overall repayments will be manageable after your new loan is approved.
Pay all your bills and debts on time
Lenders take consistency in paying bills on time quite seriously. So, don’t underestimate the importance of meeting a payment deadline for even the most inconspicuous of bills.
Thankfully, the new Credit Reporting Changes allow lenders to take more recent bill payment behaviour (paid when due or late) into account when you make your application, rather than just looking at those bills you may have failed to pay on time. If you have missed a few payments in the past, it’s important to ensure you pay all future bills on time. This shows you are financially responsible and likely to meet your repayments on time, every time going forward.
Consolidate your debts into one monthly payment
Having multiple debts attached to your name can sometimes put lenders off accepting your application. Thankfully, refinancing your loans into a single monthly payment may serve to not only reduce the total amount you must repay (including interest), but also help your borrowing capacity.
Precisely calculate your living expenses
It’s likely that you’ll be required to declare your monthly living expenses when making an application for a home loan. Lenders will factor this into their calculations to determine whether your income is enough for you to meet your living expenses and repay the loan you’ve asked for. So, ensure you know exactly what your living expenses are and consider if there are any regular expenses you could easily reduce.
Start to build your savings
Having funds in your savings account is a good sign to lenders that you’re responsible with money and having a regular savings history may reinforce your ability to meet regular financial commitments. This may substantially increase your borrowing power and even give you some negotiation power for the terms of your loan, such as interest rate or other terms, conditions or fees, especially if you have a larger initial deposit.
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